I recently came across this question from 2010, which basically asks, "How do I get better at coming up with proofs?" This is an interesting and valuable question, but there's never going to be a final answer; there's always something more to add. Is it considered acceptable to add my own two cents to such a question?

There are several related questions on the meta about resurrecting old questions (see e.g. here and here), but as far as I can tell, these all pertain to specific questions with an objectively correct answer. By contrast, in this case there are many good answers that each address some facet of the broad question being asked (for example, one person discusses how to practice, another gives some specific techniques, another recommends a particular book).

To put this another way, if this question were asked for the first time today, I would want to add my answer to the existing ones. Should the fact that the question is several years old change that?

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    $\begingroup$ There are too many possible answers $\implies$ I'm voting to close as too broad. (the question, not this meta-question). $\endgroup$
    – user127096
    Apr 9 '14 at 0:48
  • $\begingroup$ @cheapeffectivedietpills It is a broad question, but I don't see how it could be made any narrower. $\endgroup$
    – augurar
    Apr 9 '14 at 4:43
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    $\begingroup$ If you have something to add, I say, add it. $\endgroup$ Apr 9 '14 at 7:33

So long as you don't do this very often I do not see any problem. The question will get bumped to the first page. After a short period of time it is likely that the question will scroll of the bottom of the first page. If not perhaps your answer is awesome.


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